Football

Rodriguez strikes late to rescue Puel’s men

SOUTHAMPTON 1

(Rodriguez 85)

SUNDERLAND 1

(Defoe 80 pen)

Jay Rodriguez’s first League goal since March 2014 salvaged Southampton a draw after Jermain Defoe thought his penalty had handed Sunderland victory.

Stand-in Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s mistake gifted the leveller, with the Black Cats’ deputy allowing Rodriguez’s strike to slip under his body. Rodriguez has spent the last two years battling serious knee ligament trouble, but the 27-year-old will insist his late goal underscores his lasting abilities. Defoe’s unrivalled sharpness so nearly sealed a vital win on the road for David Moyes’ men, but in the end both sides remain winless in the League.